LOS ANGELES – Former California Lieutenant Governor Mervyn M. Dymally passed away yester day in Los Angeles, Calif. He was 86.

“My beloved husband of 44 years Mervyn Dymally passed away very peacefully this morning at 6:30 a.m.,” said his wife Alice Gueno Dymally who recently lost her mother Alice Walker Gueno. “He lived a very extraordinary life and had no regrets.”

Mervyn Malcolm Dymally was born May 12, 1926 in Cedros, Trinidad and Tobago and served in the California State Assembly from 1963 to 1966, California State Senate from 1967 to 1975, and as the 41st LieutenantGovernor of California from 1975 to 1979. Along with George L. Brown of Colorado, who was also elected a lieutenant governor in 1974, Dymally was one of the two first blacks elected to any statewide office in any state since Reconstruction.

Mr. Dymally then successfully ran for the U.S. House of Representatives and served from 1981 to 1993. As a member of the House of Representatives, he was one of the first persons of African and Indian origin to serve in the U.S. Congress. After a 10-year retirement, he returned to politics to serve in the California State Assembly from 2002 to 2008. He is considered the Godfather of African-American politicians in the state of California.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.